Monday, June 16, 2014

Monday Garden Update

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Earlier this spring, I bought a baby English Morello cherry tree.  Robb and I have been working around it, trying not to damage it, as we cut down the pitosporum tree and worked on repainting the neighbor's garage.  The tree produced two small cherries this year.  I suspect our fruit-crazed hen Isabella ate the one that was closer to the ground.  To save the remaining cherry, Robb built a little protective cage.  Yesterday, he and I sampled this one special fruit.  It was delicious, and we have great hopes for this tree in the future.




California is in the midst of a serious drought, and Robb and I are making an effort to conserve water.  Our clothes washer is hooked up to a grey-water sistern, which we use to water the lawn.  All dishwater gets tossed out the window onto the fig trees.  Our neighbors must think we're completely insane. 

Our plum tree hardly flowered at all this spring.  It was strange to have virtually no blossoms on tree.  As a result, we've had a very meager plum harvest. For a while a Western Scrub Jay family was sitting on a nest in the plum tree, but they seem to have decamped.  The jays had been defending the yard against interlopers, but since they've moved on we've been seeing a lot of finches (grabbing strings for their own nests), bushtits, wrens and woodpeckers.

The pluot tree is full of fruit, as is the persimmon.  The figs are growing a few fruits, which is exciting, considering what young plants they are.  I'm looking forward to getting the pomegranates moved to in front of the garage when the fall rains return.

We've been harvesting loads of beans and greens.  We planted scarlet runner beans to hide the Word's Ugliest Fence, and have been getting a nice crop.  We also have been enjoying the yellow "green" beans.  The purple ones seem to be falling victim to the slugs and snails.  (And the damn hens insist on eating all the snail pellets.)

Otherwise, we're enjoying strawberries from the garden, but we never get any photos before we eat them.  These are getting attacked my snails and slugs as well, and we're forced to cut around the damage.  Sad.

If you're interested in seeing what other gardeners are up to, be sure to check out Daphne's garden round-up.  And please leave a message to tell me what you're growing these days.


10 comments:

Jenny said...

Yay on a first cherry! The "first" of any new thing is always good. Wish I could have such variety as you have with pomegranates and others, but our persimon tree is still too young to bear and figs are only in a container.

Mark Willis said...

You commented on my blog that it is "intimidating" to read what I write, but I don't think you have anything to fear when you grow as much stuff as you have described here - and so successfully!
BTW, I don't know what a "pluot" is, I'd better look it up...

Mark Willis said...

You commented on my blog that it is "intimidating" to read what I write, but I don't think you have anything to fear when you grow as much stuff as you have described here - and so successfully!
BTW, I don't know what a "pluot" is, I'd better look it up...

. . . Lisa and Robb . . . said...

Funny how the human brain works, isn't it? We get do intimidated by other people's skills

Dave said...

I am always protective of our little cherry trees. We have to cage them to keep the deer away. I'm envious of your persimmon tree. One of ours bit the dust last winter,but thankfully the other one survived.

David Velten said...

I can understand your defense of that single remaining cherry. Hope it tasted wonderful. Wish we could ship you some of our rain.

K said...

Our potted garden was a grand disaster last year, but we've had success with raspberries. Kind of. I have high hopes for the apple trees we planted last year. One has 5 tiny apples. We've harvested a few blueberries, no blackberries just yet, but it looks like we'll get some grapes. I am a standout novice who may not move past that awkward beginner's phase.

Stoney Acres said...

California droughts can be killer! I live there for a few years and still remember how hard it was to let the lawns die and only flush the toilet twice a day! Ugh!

David Velten said...

Hope you enjoyed that cherry. I have blueberry bushes that I don't bother to preotect so the birds get most of them.

Daphne Gould said...

That one protected cherry is so funny. The things we will do to get a harvest. I keep contemplating my apple tree that only put on a few apples this year. I'm wondering if it would be better to net the whole tree or do each individual one. I WANT those apples.

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